Toronto Public Space Committee was a grassroots non-profit organisation
run by a collective of passionate volunteers.
Founded in 2001, we
quickly became one of the loudest voices representing Toronto's
streets, sidewalks, parks and alleyways.
The TPSC served as an umbrella organization for a series of advocacy
projects and community events. Over time, our spin-off projects
each found a life of their own and no longer needed the TPSC. The
group stopped meeting as a “Committee” in 2009, and the name was
formally retired in 2011.
The offspring of the TPSC incubator include: Toronto Guerilla Gardeners, Spacing Magazine, The Downtown Defence Project, The Human River, Art Attack and the recently launched Toronto Public Space Initiative.
The TPSC was dedicated to protecting our shared common spaces from
excessive commercial influence and promoting urban inclusivity and
diversity. While some see our streets only as an untapped source of
advertising revenue we see protected public spaces as a fundamental
pillar of a healthy democracy. We are citizens first, and consumers
second. Public space should reflect this distinction.
Through our advocacy projects the TPSC tried to affect municipal
policy, help shape the debate and create a space for concerned citizens
to get involved and participate. Through our community events we lead
by example by beautifying the city without a big budget, without
sponsors and without logos. Together, we strove to reclaim our streets,
create community and foster a culture of collective political
We won significant victories at City Hall, and engaged thousands of
people through our newsletter, volunteer lists, and public events.
You can visit the archived TPSC website here (2001-2011), and/or get involved with any of the TPSC offspring projects here:
Downtown De-fence Project
Toronto Public Space Initiative (TPSI)